Friday, November 30, 2012

Review: Dandelion Ocumare Venezuela

Richard's Rating: 7.0
chocolate makerDandelion
cacao trees(unknown)
size56g ~ 2.0oz
cocoa solids70%
added fat(none)
sweetenercane sugar
other ingredients(none)
list price$8.00
colormedium brown
PANTONE 19-1015
texturesmooth, glossy, scoring, imprints, adhered bits
aromaroast (malt), earth, fruit (berry), spice
tasteroast (malt), earth, sweet, nut, tannin, spice (cinnamon), fruit
finishtannin, somewhat sour
U.S. chocolate maker Dandelion released their Ocumare, Venezuela bar earlier this spring. All Dandelion chocolate is made with only two ingredients: cacao beans and cane sugar, and is produced in a nut-free facility.

Ocumare contained 70% cacao beans and 30% cane sugar. The two ounce bar was scored into 18 pieces, each with five parallel squiggles. It came wrapped in heavy gold-sided foil inside a pretty craft paper outer wrapper. I am always impressed by both the wrappers and heavy foil used by Dandelion. The wrapper was sealed closed with a sticker on the back, initialed by the person who made the batch (Todd Masonis) and the person who packaged the bar (MG). There was no production or best before date, but the batch was identified as 3.

The chocolate had a medium brown Bracken (PANTONE 19-1015) color. The surface was smooth and glossy. There were some adhered chocolate bits and a tiny bit of scuffing, but the bar looked great as usual. The snap was hard, almost brittle.

The aroma of Ocumare was a malt roast. I also smelled scents of earth, fruit, and spice. The fruit seemed to include some berry.

Ocumare tasted of the malt from the aroma. Along with that malt roast were flavors of earth, sweetness, nut, and a cinnamon spice. I experienced tannin as well.

The melt was smooth. The chocolate flavor lasted more than 30 seconds after the chocolate was gone, giving it a medium length. The final aftertaste was tannin and somewhat sour.

Ocumare was another delicious chocolate from Dandelion, even if it didn't quite reach the heights of Amano Ocumare.

Unfortunately, Dandelion Ocumare, Venezuela is no longer available for purchase online.

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